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This high-sensitivity C-reactive protein blood test, or hs-CRP, is used to assess heart disease risk. High CRP levels can be indicative of heart disease, although it is unknown whether the CRP is a symptom or a cause.

The American Heart Association uses hs-CRP as follows to determine your risk of heart disease:

  • CRP less than 1.0 mg/L shows a low risk of heart disease
  • CRP levels between 1.0 mg/L and 3.0 mg/L indicates an average risk of heart disease
  • CRP above 3.0 mg/L indicates a high risk of heart disease

C-reactive protein, or CRP, is produced in the liver. As inflammation occurs in the body, your CRP levels will rise. A CRP blood test has traditionally been used to measure this protein in the blood to determine if inflammation is occurring anywhere in the body. Recent studies have clearly established that higher the CRP levels, the higher the risk of having a heart attack. Specifically it has been established that the risk for heart attack in people in the upper third of CRP levels is twice that of those in the lower third.

The New York Times recently wrote That factor is C-reactive protein, or CRP, a blood-borne marker of inflammation that, along with coagulation factors, is now increasingly recognized as the driving force behind clots that block blood flow to the heart. Yet patients are rarely tested for CRP, even if they already have heart problems.

Many informed physicians are now recommending that their patients be tested for CRP as often as they have their cholesterol checked. However, the CRP test may be even more important to monitor than cholesterol as about half of all heart attacks and strokes occur in people whose cholesterol is normal.

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